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Danish SAR Merlins now performing to task

5th February 2009 - 13:05 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


After a series of niggles and teething problems, the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) say they are becoming increasingly satisfied with the performance of their Search and Rescue AW101 Merlins.

In 2001, the Danish Ministry of Defence ordered 14 Merlins. Eight equipped for SAR and six for the tactical troop transport role, but shortly after delivery in 2006, there was dissatisfaction with the aircraft operational rates were well down, as low as 50% and even 30% at times, compared to the goal of 80%.

But now, two years on it seems the aircraft is maturing into the SAR role. Danish

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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